Mo – Book One of The Spotlight Tales #BookReview #IndieAuthor

Written by Simon Pearce


150 hrt


Will he listen to the extremist rhetoric, enticing him to commit unspeakable horrors?

Will he heed the calmer and more softly spoken voice, coming from an unexpected source? Catapulted out of the sheltered world of infancy into the raw – sometimes brutal – environment of new adolescence, Mo finds himself abandoned by cherished childhood friends and subjected to racial insults, bullying and general torment.

Confusion and anger follow, compounded by an inability to confide in those close to him. All the while, sinister forces are beckoning him to follow a violent path. And yet, another mysterious voice is attempting to guide him.

Mo hovers tantalisingly between fantasy and reality, between horror and wonder. It describes how a young boy tries to find his way as family, friends, and strangers tug at his conscience with their conflicting demands.

S Pearce’s enigmatic tale skilfully examines notions of identity in an unsettled world. Delving at times into the supernatural and at others into violent extremism, this intriguing and intelligent story can be seen as a modern day morality tale which will keep readers guessing throughout. This book will challenge your notions of right and wrong. It will take you, with the protagonist, to a cliff edge. You will feel uncomfortable, you will feel wronged, you will feel like Mo.

This is the first in a series of stand-alone tales which take a critical look at our society. Extremism, nationalism and environmental concerns all come under the spotlight in this remarkable series. The tales will take you to the precipice and leave you dangling there.

Get ready to question your thoughts, your actions, and wonder what those about you are planning.








Absolutely Awesome Read!  5-stars


I’m pleased I finally got around to reading Mo; it has been in my list for far too long – but was well worth the wait!

Mo is a young lad who finds his friends have not only turned their back on him, but now actively attack him both verbally and physically. When they also begin to attack others, he suddenly understands how they perceive him. Add in to the mix some master manipulators, and will he remain the even-tempered boy he has been until now?

This is, more than anything, a read which will make you think – long after reaching the final page. It is fair to say I have never read anything like it before. It is, on it’s own, a great tale about a young boy from a decent family and the things which matter in his world. Making the acquaintance of an elderly man who lives nearby enriches Mo’s life and expands his interests, but there are others lurking in the shadows happy to use Mo for their own ends. Which way will he fall?

This is one of the most cleverly-written novels I’ve come across. Thought provoking really doesn’t begin to cover it! I feel as if a part of my brain has suddenly been awakened, and when I see certain items on the news in future I will think about what lies behind them. Absolutely awesome! I cannot recommend this enough – you would be missing out if you didn’t add this to your reading pile!

My thanks to author Simon Pearce for my copy of his novel. The decision to review and the opinions here are entirely my own.


Tags: cultural divide, coming-of-age
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 116 pages
  • Publication Date: 12 August 2017
  • Purchase Link: amazon




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